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Orchestra Gives Thanks with Free Concert

December 03, 2014

It was a full house of fun at the Orchestra’s Free Concert for Giving Tuesday. Yannick and the Orchestra performed seasonal favorites along with other popular and varied pieces; some audience members got to “Conduct the PO”; while others joined the musicians onstage for a sleigh bell-fueled version of Sleigh Ride. Concertgoers also generously donated items for the Cradles to Crayons winter clothing drive organized by the Kimmel Center and its resident companies. The Free Concert for Giving Tuesday was an evening that will long be remembered as a night for giving back to the community.

Yannick and the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra take a bow following a joyful, family-friendly, free concert filled with standard repertoire and holiday music, and a few surprises. “There is no better gift than a free concert for you here in our home hall,” Yannick told the audience members. Photo by Pete Checchia.

Steady on the beat there. Prior to the concert, would-be conductors had the opportunity to lead Orchestra musicians in one of four holiday songs. Photo by Pete Checchia.

After a quick tutorial by percussionist Angela Zator Nelson, a handful of audience members provided sleigh bell sounds for a rousing rendition of Sleigh Ride. Photo by Pete Checchia.

During the encore of “Trepak” from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Yannick delighted audience members by inviting them to take out their mobile devices and film away, and share the results on social media. You can hear the Orchestra and see the cinematic efforts of audience members by searching for “Philadelphia Orchestra Free Concert for Giving Tuesday” or #PhilOrchFreeConcert on the internet. Photo by Pete Checchia.

An overflowing distribution box was evidence of the success of the Free Concert for Giving Tuesday and the generosity of the Orchestra’s fans. Photo by Pete Checchia.